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Mary J. Blige’s My Life, Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On, Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suite and Aretha Franklin’s Lady Soul.

There are a host of classic R&B albums over the last several decades that have been absorbed into the consciousness of music fans everywhere. Across the broad spectrum of rhythm & blues, classic soul, funk, urban contemporary and neo-soul, some of the strongest artistic statements in the history of popular music have been recorded, released and dissected for generations.

But there are several brilliant R&B albums that have fallen by the wayside of pop culture.

So in the spirit of spreading the gospel of good music, here are the twenty most underrated R&B albums of all time…

Stereo Williams

Todd "Stereo" Williams, entertainment writer based in New York City. He co-founded Thirty 2 Oh 1 Productions, an indie film company.